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Adrian Beltre is probably very happy playing for the Texas Rangers. A move to the AL East, though, and more games against the Baltimore Orioles sure must be enticing to him.

Beltre looks to lead the Rangers to their sixth win in seven games this season against the reeling Orioles on Sunday.

Texas continued its surge with a 4-3 victory over Baltimore on Saturday for its 12th win in 16 games since Aug. 13, matching Kansas City for most in the AL during that span. The Rangers (67-61) extended their lead for the second wild card to 1 1/2 games over Minnesota.

With its 67th win, Texas equaled its total from last season and matched a season best at six games over .500.

Bobby Wilson delivered the tiebreaking double in the sixth inning.

"Bobby has gotten some really big hits for us," manager Jeff Banister said, "and none bigger than that tonight."

After going 16-28 in their first 44 home games, the Rangers have won 15 of their last 19 in Arlington. They've batted .306 and averaged 5.5 runs during that 19-game span.

Beltre has been a big contributor to that success, batting .397 with six homers and 18 RBIs in his past 17 at home. He had a pair of hits, including a two-run homer Saturday and is batting .425 with 10 home runs and 22 RBIs in his last 22 games against the Orioles.

The freefall continued for Baltimore (63-66), which has lost nine of 10 and scored three runs or fewer in each of those losses to drop to 9-50 when held to less than four. The Orioles are 4 1/2 games behind the Rangers, and another defeat in the finale would leave them four under for the first time since June 7.

"They're frustrated. Frustrated," manager Buck Showalter said. "So, there's one way to take that frustration away."

Dariel Alvarez was a bright spot, picking up his first two major league hits in his second game.

Derek Holland (1-1, 4.73) will try to pitch the Rangers to a third sweep in their last five home series. After beating Seattle in his first appearance in four months, the left-hander wasn't as sharp against Toronto on Tuesday. He allowed four runs - all on three homers - over six innings before leaving without a decision in a 6-5 loss.

Holland is 4-2 with a 3.65 ERA in six starts against the Orioles but hasn't faced them since 2013.

Matt Wieters is 2 for 15 against him but both of those hits are homers. Manny Machado is 4 for 11 in this matchup, while Chris Davis is 0 for 7 with six strikeouts.

Miguel Gonzalez (9-10, 4.78) tries again to record his elusive 10th win for Baltimore. Since winning at Tampa Bay on July 25, the right-hander is 0-4 with a 7.58 ERA in his last six starts and has failed to complete six innings in four of the past five.

He struggled again at Kansas City on Tuesday, yielding three runs, six hits and three walks over 4 1-3 innings in a 3-2 loss.

Gonzalez was roughed up for six runs and eight hits - including a career high-tying three homers - in an 8-6 loss to the Rangers on June 30.

Mitch Moreland hit one of those home runs and is 4 for 10 against him.

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